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Insurance clearance: This includes covering the cost of the surgery as well as testing and medications after transplant
Your doctors may decide if other studies are needed to ensure you are a good candidate for heart transplant.
A specialized LVAD/transplant social worker will perform a detailed psychosocial evaluation of your candidacy as a LVAD recipient.
Some of the things that will be assessed:
Your understanding of the LVAD process
Availability of caregivers before and after implant
Coping and stress management barriers/challenges
Your compliance with previous medical regimen
Mental health history
Substance use history
Once all testing and psychosocial evaluation is complete the entire LVAD team comprised of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, financial counselors, and more meet to review your case.
The team carefully reviews all of the your information in order to determine if LVAD therapy is safe and appropriate for you.
Your cardiologist will inform you of the committee's decision and of alternate therapies in the event that you are not deemed a LVAD candidate.